For every child, newborn care
UNICEF and partners working together to ensure mothers and babies have access to essential packages of high-quality maternal and newborn services
Uganda continues to make steady progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by ensuring that its girls and boys, including adolescents, have an equitable chance in life, survive and are given the best possible start, learn well in school, live in clean environments and are kept safe from violence and exploitation.
Uganda has made considerable progress in improving child survival and development. Between 2011 and 2016 maternal and under-five mortality declined from 438 to 368 per 100,000 and from 90 to 64 per 1,000 live births respectively. Improvements in socio-economic conditions, as well as the availability and utilization of essential health services, contributed to this progress.
Despite these positive trends, progress has been slow with neonatal mortality stagnated (at about 27 per 1,000 live births) and is responsible for 42 per cent of all under-five deaths. One-third of child deaths is due to malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
UNICEF through its Child Survival and Development (CSD) programme and in partnership with the Government and other partners continues to provide support towards access and quality of newborn care services especially for the most deprived children and those in humanitarian situations through provision of integrated packages of quality services for pregnant and lactating women, including pregnant adolescents, and newborns and essential packages of quality preventative, promotive and curative services for infants and young children to ensure even more children are saved before their first birthday and beyond.